HCT Graduates 22 EMS Students From 2019 & 2020 Classes
The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) celebrated the graduation of a new batch of 22 Emirati Emergency Medical Services program students, from the 2019 and 2020 classes.
The graduation ceremony, held at the HCT-Dubai Men's campus, was attended by H.E. Awad Al Ketbi, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, H.E. Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, H.E. Khalifa Hassan Al Drai, DCAS Executive Director, together with academics and officials from the HCT and DCAS.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi congratulated the graduates, saying they represent a valuable, qualitative addition to the health sector in a vital and important specialty. Their success was due to the knowledge, skills, training and professional experience they gained during their studies, as part of the HCT 4.0 Strategic Plan, which focuses on preparing students to become technical leaders.
He said it was also due to the cooperation with DCAS, which provided the students with sponsorship, training and employment opportunities to start work immediately and serve their country.
Dr. Al Shamsi extended his gratitude and appreciation to H.E. Awad Al Ketbi, DHA Director General, for his attendance and continued support for all efforts towards maintaining the highest health care standards and for offering outstanding medical services to the community. He also praised the ongoing cooperation and partnership between the HCT and the DCAS, which motivated many students to join the Emergency Medical Services program, as they become more aware of its importance to the community.
Dr Al Shamsi noted that the EMS program is currently offered at the HCT’s campuses in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, with around 275 students enrolled. The program is being offered in partnership with DCAS, Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance, and Irish National Ambulance. He said the joint efforts of these local and international partners have contributed to the graduation of highly qualified, competent professionals ready to work in this important medical field, in support of Emiratization strategies.
Dr. Al Shamsi indicated that the COVID-19 crisis has put a new emphasis on the importance of the health sector and the need to strengthen this sector with competent practitioners. Such personnel are seen as the first line of defense against crises and challenges, and a foundation for supporting the security, safety and peace of the community.
He pointed out that in the current 2020/2021 academic year HCT has seen a clear increase in the number of students studying scientific and technological majors, which depend on skill application, practice and professionalism. These include the Health Sciences program, which has seen a 16% increase in enrollments this year, compared to last year (2,188 to 2,544 students). This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic peaking students’ interests in the courses, the outstanding quality of the HCT’s programs and applied studies, as well as international professional certificates being part of 97% of HCT’s academic programs.
H.E. Khalifa Hassan Al Drai expressed his pleasure at the graduation of the new batch of EMS students, who will join the elite workforce of DCAS, after successfully passing their exams and completing training.
He indicated this was due to the fruitful cooperation between the DCAS and HCT, providing students with all material resources, knowledge, training and development to enable them to graduate.
H.E. Al Drai said DCAS is committed to supplying the labor market in the field of first aid with national expertise and to work with the HCT and partners to achieve the vision of the wise leadership. This will be achieved through hard work, innovation and commitment to continuous improvement, based on science, knowledge and technological development.
He said the UAE government has provided the institution with all the capabilities and tools to be innovative and how to employ them to serve humanity.
In conclusion, H.E. Al Drai welcomed the new graduates to the DCAS’s workforce. He looked forward to seeing them excel in their field work and perform their duties with all responsibility, commitment, humanity and national spirit, particularly during the global COVID-19 pandemic, as they and all medical sector workers represent the first line of defense.